95 – To live the Christian faith denotes service to the person, as a whole and to all peoples, starting with those living on the margins

The Catholic faith we received on the day of our Baptism is centered on the person of Jesus Christ, only begotten Son of the Father, Lord of all creation, and Redeemer of humanity. At first glance, no one would dare to differ with this simple affirmation, so very evident for anyone who prays the Creed with devotion. Sincerely permeated with the faith, a Christian lives according to the Commandments, and is not frightened by the sufferings and difficulties of life. Encountering someone in need, he spares no effort to assist them; recalling, however, that ‘not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord (Deut 8:3)’.

To live the faith in our days demands constant courage and heroism, because many do not understand, fail to support and even persecute those who radically reject sin, confess regularly, attend Sunday Mass, and strive to conform their hearts and their minds to Jesus. These everyday heroes would be surprised to hear someone say that it is not necessary to go against the tide of this world, because to live the faith it is enough to help others, without distinction. In other words, more than living for Christ, it’s enough to dedicate oneself to others. Is it really that simple? How does the Magisterium teach us to live our faith, keeping our salvation in sight?



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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

I – The faith is centered on Christ, not man
II – The Christian faith is lived through the practice of virtue and obedience to the commandments
To live the Christian faith it is not enough to serve the poor
IV –
To serve the people on the peripheries is not the only way to live the faith

I – The faith is centered on Christ, not man

Sacred Scripture

Christ raised from the dead is the reason of our faith

Benedict XVI

The Popes of the XX century proclaimed Jesus as the centre of the cosmos, of history, of the Christian faith
In the pierced side of Christ, we deposit our faith

John Paul II

Every young person should build his life and faith upon the rock, who is Christ
Our faith is strengthened by knowing the love with which Jesus assumed our human nature
The Christian faith is kept by believing in the resurrection of Christ
Those who accept Christ seek in him the solid foundation for the construction of a better and more united world

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Son of God is always the center of the apostolic faith

Congregation for the Clergy

The Christian faith: conversion to Jesus Christ, full and sincere adherence to his person and the decision to walk in his footsteps

II – The Christian faith is lived through the practice of virtue and obedience to the commandments

Benedict XVI

To live the faith implies daily sacrifice, implies suffering

John Paul II

To reach eternal life it is necessary to fulfill the commandments and live according to the teachings of Christ
Sanctity is the practice of virtue in a heroic manner

Pius XII

Without sacrifice there is no profession of the Christian Faith, rather there is desertion

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The fulfillment of a Christian vocation demands notable virtue

Congregation for the Clergy

Faith involves a profound transformation of mind and heart in adhesion to Jesus Christ

III – To live the Christian faith it is not enough to serve the poor

Sacred Scripture

He who gives alms to be honored will not be rewarded

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The purity of one’s intentions is necessary for the practice of true charity

Pius XI

Beware of charitable undertakings that do not seek the sanctification of souls

Pius XII

Our hearts must be inflamed with charity at the sight of so many brothers and sisters misled by error


The enemies of the Church always zealously declare their love for the poor

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pastors run the risk of being diverted to works which are just as damaging as the poverty which is being fought

Saint Basil the Great

The fruit of envy is a hypocritical outward semblance of charity

Saint Francis de Sales

True charity leads us to a general practice of all God’s Commandments

IV – To serve the people on the peripheries is not the only way to live the faith

Sacred Scripture

The contemplation of Mary merits greater praise than the good works of Martha

Benedict XVI

All the ways of holiness are important in God’s eyes
The Saints’ lives are hymns to God, despite their thousand different tones
Each one receives at baptism a personal vocation in accordance with the Father’s particular plan of love

John Paul II

The search for God has always stirred the human heart in many forms

Paul VI

The illusion of false happiness considers only affliction and poverty

Pius XII

The Holy Spirit enlightens and guides souls to sanctity – the Church on earth, like the Church in heaven, has many mansions

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The love of God is by itself more meritorious than the love of our neighbor


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